Fashion: FASHION Zip-- and Also Pop

Barely perceptibly, women's under wear began a year ago to melt into skin air. Girdles crept up the leg, and bras got briefer. The body stocking came along, and the traditional white and pink colors were superseded by a flesh color that matched the owner's own. Short of eliminating itself entirely, the industry seemed to have nowhere left to go.

Except, of course, to the opposite extreme. In the new undergarment collections, slips, half-slips, panty girdles, panties and bras are stirringly designed to be seen as well as to gird. Bright stripes, polka dots and designs are...

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